James Hinchcliffe returning to full time IndyCar competition
An announcement that delighted IndyCar fans
After spending most of 2020 as an analyst, James Hinchcliffe delighted IndyCar fans by announcing that he will be back full time in IndyCar in 2021.
He will be joining Andretti Autosport and driving the No. 29 and will for 10 races, including the 105th Indianapolis 500, will be sporting Genesys orange. Genesys is the global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions. They have a huge employee presence in Indianapolis and have more than 50 offices worldwide. Genesys technology helps organizations around the world to connect more than 70 billion customer moments each year across voice, text, messaging apps, web chat and social media and they served as Hinchcliffe's sponsor at three marquee IndyCar races in 2020.
CEO of Genesys, Tom Bates, had this to say about the partnership, "We're building upon our tremendous partnership with James HInchcliffe and Andretti Autosport. The success we have seen together goes beyond the deep connection Genesys has with the Indianapolis community. James and the entire Andretti team are leaders on the track because they're empowered with the right technology and data so they can make informed decisions at the right moment. That's at the heart of every winning customer experience too, and what's driving our momentum at Genesys."
This upcoming season will be Hinch's eleventh IndyCar season and his fifth as a part of Andretti Autosport. He was one of the four Andretti Autosport car to end up in the Firestone Fast 9 during the 104th Indianapolis 500. Something even more impressive considering there was no preseason testing due to the pandemic.
Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO, Michael Andretti, had this to say about the partnership, "We're really excited to have Hinch back in the car for 2021 and thrilled to welcome Genesys again to the Andretti family, this year in an expanded role. This is the first step in many exciting things for the No. 29 and we know Genesys will be a great partner serving as the cornerstone to the season for James."
James and the No. 29 are the fourth full season entry in the 2021 Andretti Autosport stable joining Alexander Rossi, No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts/AutoNation Honda, Colton Herta, No. 26 Gainbridge Hinda and Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda. Marco Andretti will be joining the team for the Indy 500. And the remaining partnerships for Hinchcliffe will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hinchcliffe, who made the announcement on his Twitter account, had this to say about his new deal, "This program is something we've been working on shince the day we signed out three race deal with Andretti Autosport last March! Being back full time has alays been the goal and it feels so great to know that I will be back on the grid and with such an amazing team, one I've had a lot of great memories and success with. So many people at Genesys worked hard to get this done, and I am looking forward to representing them this year. Everyone at Honda, Don and Tom from Spire Sports, Michael, JF, Doug and the whole Andretti group, and everyone that has worked so hard to make this all come together. Even though it's been a long road, the real work starts now and I can't wait to get to the track and kick off 2021."
The 2021 IndyCar season kicks off at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on April 18th, live on NBC.
I want to congratulate James on his new deal and wish him the best of luck for the 2021 season. It's going to be great to see him back on track.